John Goldsby posted this Marc Meyers interview with West Coast bassist Bob Whitlock, who played with the original Mulligan-Baker pianoless quartet. This statement by Whitlock caught my eye: Its easy to get caught up trying to make your lines too cute. When that happens, the bass loses the reason why its there. Meeting that challenge was the reason for going to work every night. I felt like I had utter freedom and I never abused that. Great advice.